MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (15:31): I recently announced an incredible project that is being funded under the Andrews Labor government’s Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund. With our $6.7 million investment in Swinburne’s Medical Technology Victoria, or MedTechVic, we are supporting the development of high-tech solutions to everyday challenges experienced by Victorians with a disability. We are also creating fantastic opportunities for local researchers and students. The new facility at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus will support a production design process in which people with a disability and their carers can work with health professionals, engineers, designers and industry to develop new products that improve all aspects of their lives.
One of the first projects they are working on is a lightweight, portable ramp attached to wheelchairs to increase users’ mobility, which can also be tailor-made and made locally. MedTechVic will also support the digitalisation of Victoria’s medical technology industry. Around 65 jobs will be created in medical technology, research and manufacturing as well as 12 local construction jobs and 21 roles for PhD, masters and undergraduate students. There will also be opportunities for students to undertake work placements in disability support.
I do congratulate Swinburne University on this excellent initiative. We are so proud to work with them to transform medical technology in this state so that we can better meet the needs of Victorians with a disability.